BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a rematch of last year's Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game, the King University men's basketball team was locked in a tight affair with Barton College on Saturday night in the Student Center Complex. Forty minutes wasn't enough to settle the game as the contest went to overtime tied at 82. The teams remained tied after the first overtime, sending the contest to a second extra session. The Bulldogs outscored King by two points in the second overtime, taking the contest 101-99.
FINAL SCORE: Barton 101, King 99 (F/2OT)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 3-5, 2-1 Conference Carolinas; Barton 4-3, 2-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King scored the first eight points of the contest behind three free throws from Mack Owens and a triple from C.J. Good.
- However, Barton answered with nine straight points to take the lead four minutes in.
- The Bulldogs then scored seven consecutive points, opening up their largest lead of the contest at 16-10.
- King gradually worked their way back, and Hunter LeVeau gave the lead back to the Tornado at 29-27 with a trifecta. Malcolm St. Louis followed with a dunk and Good drilled another triple to give King a 34-27 lead following a 10-0 Tornado run.
- Desean Enzor gave King their largest lead of the contest at 37-29 when he drilled a triple with six minutes remaining in the first half.
- Barton came back and got within two points, but St. Louis nailed a jump shot to give King a 45-41 lead at the break.
- Both teams shot well in the first half with the Tornado shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from three-point range. Barton shot 65.4 percent in the first half and 45.5 percent from long range.
- The second half was tight the entire way as the score was tied six times with four lead changes.
- The Bulldogs gained their largest lead of the half of three points twice, both following triples in the first four minutes.
- However, after the second one, King scored six straight points to take a 58-55 lead following an Enzor jump shot.
- Every time the Tornado tried to extend their lead, the Bulldogs had an answer.
- Good gave King their largest lead of the second half a 77-71 with a triple with 3:02 remaining.
- However, Barton answered with seven straight points, taking a 78-77 advantage, but Good answered with another trifecta to put King back on top.
- Isaiah Buck-Lowman evened the tally with a bucket with 1:02 remaining.
- Owens answered for the Tornado, sinking a jump shot from 19 feet, putting King back on top.
- On the other end of the court, the Bulldogs missed a jump shot with 12 seconds remaining, but they got the offensive rebounds and Miguel Brown evened the tally with six seconds left.
- King had a chance with a shot in the waning seconds, but it was off the mark as the game went to overtime.
- Good gave King the early lead in the first extra session, but Barton answered with a triple and layup to take an 87-84 lead.
- Owens and Noble Fahnbulleh responded with back-to-back layups, putting King back on top 88-87 with 1:36 remaining.
- However, Buck-Lowman drilled a triple to put Barton back on top at 90-88 before Fahnbulleh made a layup with 41 seconds remaining to knot the tally at 90-90.
- Neither team scored again in the period, sending the contest to double overtime.
- The Bulldogs had the upper hand throughout the final stanza, taking a 93-90 lead in the first 30 seconds.
- LeVeau answered with a triple, but Barton answered with a pair of free throws.
- The Bulldogs extended their lead to 100-96 following a free throw with 17 seconds left.
- However, LeVeau connected from long range, pulling King back within one.
- Barton made one-of-two free throw attempts with seven seconds remaining, leaving the door open for King.
- Good got off a triple with one second remaining, but it was off the mark as Barton held on for the 101-99 victory.
- Good led King with 27 points while LeVeau added 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists.
- Fahnbulleh tallied 13 points, six rebounds and nine assists while Owens was the final scorer in double figures with 10 points. Owens added seven rebounds and four assists.
FOR THE FOES
- Buck-Lowman led Barton with 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
- Brown added 20 points and eight rebounds while Michael Boykin tallied 17 points and six rebounds.
- Matt Woods also reached double figures with 13 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.
- Barton shot 53.3 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from three.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The double overtime contest was the first for the Tornado since the 2013-14 season when King fell at the University of Mount Olive 87-80 in double overtime.
- Fahnbulleh set career-highs with nine assists and six rebounds in the contest.
- King returns to the court in the Student Center Complex on Wednesday when they host Tusculum College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday is also community night, all fans will receive FREE admission to the contest.
- Barton hosts Elizabeth City State University on Tuesday night.